Houston’s powerhouse Avizo have released the official video for their latest single, “Arrimate,” on Tuesday (March 7).
“Arrimate,” the debut single from the band’s upcoming new album Q – Majesty, is a fantastic new cumbia that brings you out to the dance floor. The song is a unique combination of steadily rising African beats and rhythms, mixed with Avizo’s famous brass section, and topped off with smooth vocals from Chris Quiroga. “Arrimate” was written by Quiroga, himself, and produced by Hugo Guerrero at Nightmare Audio productions.
The visual for “Arrimate” was produced by Lupe Moya of LM Media Solutions and features model Britty Reyna, who also choreographed the video, filmed on location at Twisted Ranch Weddings in Bertram, Texas.
Formed in 1984 from Houston’s eastside, Avizo has dedicated itself to keeping Tejano’s brassy, soulful sounds alive. Their versatility shows in their live sets of Tejano, R&B, Tropical, and Regional Mexican repertoire—a show that brings them an audience as diverse as their set list, for years performing at traditional Tejano clubs as well as city-sponsored events and pre-game events for the Houston Texans and Astros organizations.
Trumpeter and bandleader Robert Dorantes’ musical influences are stamped all over their sound: from legends like jazz-rock fusionists Chicago to Tejano / Brown Soul pioneers Little Joe y La Familia and Sunny Ozuna.
Avizo has paid its dues over the decades. The passion, hard work, and dedication to their music finally started to get broader recognition with the release of their 2005 breakthrough album The Power of Friends. A testament to some of the best music and artists that Tejano music has to offer, The Power of Friends includes guest appearances by longtime friends and Tejano stars Little Joe, Ruben Ramos, Jay Perez, David Marez, Jesse Serrata, and Augustin Ramirez. The album garnered a GRAMMY nomination in 2006 and an expanded audience for their special brand of Tejano.
In 2007 Avizo introduced vocalist Quiroga to their fans with the release of Horn City. Formerly of Houston-based band F7, “Chris Q” brought vocal versatility to the band that matched well with the band’s versatile repertoire.
In a sincere effort to honor a great band from another era that inspired them and, with the hopes of possibly introducing some new fans to their music, Dorantes and Avizo decided to record the hits of Josefa:
“The CD is dedicated to the memory of my cousin, Ralph Hernandez, the Heart & Soul of Josefa.— Robert Dorantes”
The tribute resulted in more accolades with a current Latin GRAMMY nomination for the album Recordando Josefa. With the help of more friends including Ram Herrera, Jay Perez, Joe Posada, David Marez, Chente Barrera, and lead vocalist Chris Q, Avizo continues to keep the Tejano tradition alive.
Like a fine wine, Avizo brings 25 years of timeless music and just gets better.
The Power of Friends, Horn City and Recordando Josefa are all available on PowerHouse Records.